2BDYNAMIC's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=2BDYNAMIC 2BDYNAMIC's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ There's Light @ The End of The Tunnel! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736590 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2068534019.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When you are in a forest and you can't seem to find your way, what do you do? You look for the light and follow it until you find a path that will lead you to the other side. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1764082577.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Like being in a tunnel, you can only go forward. You can't see outside the tunnel walls; nor can you see from where you started. <BR> <img src... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:20:02 EST -Are You Being Hood-Winked?- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733112 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1821819790.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Q. Do you ever run into a grocery store, fully intending to buy one or two items. But to your dismay your cart is so overloaded on the way to check out it looks like Wagon-train needing a team of oxen to pull it! (I admit to this one) If you have as well ....... it just may you & I have been 'hood-winked!' <em>40</em> .... Don't look so surprised! <BR> <BR> Definition: to deceive, to dupe or to trick. ... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 13:05:36 EST It's My Birthday-Let's Party! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731025 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l520602572.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Whew!! Am I ever glad to know I still am still young cos I can look at the moon! <BR> No problem! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1852142221.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Has anyone ever figured out 'when' a person gets old? All I can tell you is.... Age is a sneaky thing ...... <em>204</em> ....The years creep up like bad fitting underwear! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 03:41:16 EST -He Sparked A Nation- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726181 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1397030562.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As our country once again celebrates Independence Day, I think of the young man with a mighty dream. Chris Downie, founder and CEO of Sparks People, also known as Spark Guy. He set ablaze a firestorm nation wide liberating millions of people from being overweight, loosing the chains of bondage to fat and setting people free to live healthy and fit lives. Through his vision he has brought revolution to the wo... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:28:37 EST A Reason to Laugh- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721145 Did you know people who smile and laugh a lot can actually live longer? And laughter will keep you looking young? Have you laughed yet today? There is still time. After all, laughter is contagious and is good to spread around! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1708159636.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sometimes you and I go through the storms of life and they can feel like hurricane proportion. Usually there are no storm warnings; they come unexpectedly. If we can look... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 07:10:10 EST - The Turning Point- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716368 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1604416153.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The sun was blistering hot but not as scorching as the insult that was hurled before an attentive audience .......... "Hey Jan! Did you ever dream you would be FAT when you grew up?" ......... Snickers followed from the other socialites as I was singed by the burning remark. Not only did this become my 'turning point' but I learned something invaluable from the classroom of life........ <em>150</em> <BR> <... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:31:27 EST Be A Friend-Be A Good Listener- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713489 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l834824637.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l420642512.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A true friend will listen and not always have to express an opinion. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1375479843.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1421871649.jpg"> <BR> <BR> To have a friend .......... Is to first BE a friend! ....... <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> <img src... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 14:27:08 EST Humor Hodge Podge- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711484 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1028289204.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was part of my workout today! ........ You are not really buying it are you? Because my hair is NOT this long! ....lol....Please use caution when trying this technique; I think it may be an inverted form of planking ..... not sure ...... The rest is just as unbelievable! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l549781194.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Seriously! What's the point? It is sooooo ... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 17:25:08 EST Are Your Scales Friend or Foe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707380 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l529795659.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Vera stood trembling knowing she must come face to face with the enemy. Her sisters tried desperately to stop her ...... as she walked slowly with great trepidation down the long creeky hall. She hesitated as she had done so many times ..... Would today be different? ...... Her heart beat fiercely in her chest ..... her respirations were rapid and her palms were clammy; yet she found an ounce of bravery and slo... Sat, 31 May 2014 10:02:18 EST When Does The Journey End? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706181 It seems on any journey, people often want to know how soon they will 'get there.' I am sharing one of the lessons I learned from my Dad when I was a young child. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1806862863.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Scenario: Off to Grandma's house ...... in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California..... an approximate four hour journey if we did not have many stops. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l721561666.jpg"> <B... Thu, 29 May 2014 16:42:50 EST Panty Raid!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701585 My hubby is going to kill me when he sees this ... But I nearly died laughing and just must share the 'Kodak' moment! <BR> <BR> Scenario--which led to exposure! <BR> I come home from work and DH informs me, 'You got a call from the 'Imaging place and they are scheduling an MRI (MRA angiogram-neck) STAT and you are to call at once! ....... Long story short ... I did and had to make tracks as it was being done on the double! ....... Hubby says, "We had better motor out there since the hospita... Fri, 23 May 2014 15:28:32 EST Beat The Clock! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698361 Do you have the 'best of intentions; only to find the day has gotten away from you and when it is finally time for YOU, you find yourself frazzled from your daily juggling act? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2058220163.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Once again, you 'meant' to get your gym time in ...... but you had those jillion things to do ....... get the family up and out the door, find your missing car keys ....... remember to let the dog out ..... and so forth .... <e... Mon, 19 May 2014 11:13:57 EST -Mastery Over The Race- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695521 Sometimes it may seem there are so many things to remember in this journey. But did you know you have a very 'Potent' combination .... using just TWO things to bring you into sure victory ? Two things ...... yes ......... Its' a Win-win. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1468271135.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Never be afraid to sweat! After all, you can't cook an egg if you don't turn the burner on! Nor will fat burn unless you turn up the heat! Get to moving, pump th... Thu, 15 May 2014 09:05:47 EST -10 Steps To Emotional First Aid- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690392 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1817571983.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What do you do when you are in one of life's storms? You find yourself hit with a sudden lightening bolt and though it is day 10, you still feel as if you have been <BR> run over by a train! <BR> <BR> #1. Regardless of the situation, do not roll over into negative mode. (thinking and planning for the worst) <BR> #2. Stir yourself up! Lifes' experiences will tell you .... most things are going to peak' and ... Thu, 8 May 2014 09:24:28 EST A Note To My Spark Friends ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683343 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2118978048.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I would really like to say things are just 'Ducky' right now ....... But that would be a stretch ...... I could not write each and every friend who has been so sweet to send me goodies or a note asking how I am and well wishing ........ so I just hope you see this.... <BR> <BR> I find I have to take a 'little break' ...... from sparks until I get better. Some of you asked or even know that I had an MRI the other... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:54:30 EST Is There An Elephant In The Room? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679294 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l848267836.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Silly as it may sound, if someone were to holler out, "Is there an elephant in the room?" ........ Let someone ELSE wave their hand ... <em>524</em> and say, "I'm over here!" <BR> <BR> Imagination. It's a big word ..... think of some of what has been conquered through dreams and imagination ......... Never let it set idle; after all ..... Man has gone to the Moon and back ...... It was imagined first. <BR>... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:13:00 EST Jesus Is For Real! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676268 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1359258916.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is very real ........ In His resurrection, we as believers find redemption .......... His wonderful gift ......... Believe and ask Him into <BR> your hearts if you have never done .......... You can be assured of His promise of everlasting life in eternity to come. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1948200840.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Without a doubt, it the mo... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:26:42 EST Just One Silly Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674203 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1159009709.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Silly dilly moments with a laugh or two just help us make it through the day. <BR> Marge takes time out from her glamorous day of multi-tasking to share her tips. <em>542</em> <em>541</em> <em>251</em> <em>553</em> <em>196</em> <em>341</em> <em>376</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2017823237.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Free advice if prone for silly overdraft fees! ... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:30:54 EST Testing Only-Checks and Balances' attached http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672900 .......... only a test to see if it pops up on team stream .........Blog I did this morning did not show up on team stream ........ "Checks and Balances" ...... sorry--contacted tech support and testing. some kind of fluke. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1628703255.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Long story short .............. Please read "Checks and Balances" as this cute Koala is not what I intended ............ <em>304</em> friends! Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:59:50 EST -Checks And Balances- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672557 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l782774207.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do you ever get a notice from the bank .......... In your favor? .... It would be nice, wouldn't it? ... Come along and see a not so favorable outcome ... since numbers don't lie, the reverse can be overwhelming! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l928818488.jpg"> <BR> <BR> BFF's, Jane and Betty decided to do a little shopping one day. Jane was feeling a little 'drab' and decided she ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:30:24 EST Come Fly With Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668902 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l999649973.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "All Aboard ...Ladies and Gentlemen .....Please be seated and fasten your seatbelts and thank you for choosing W-H-Y N-O-T Airlines ......... Need we remind you ..... not to drink, chew, snort and you know the drill by now ....... <em>270</em> .. That's right... Butts Out!! <em>270</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l53643873.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I would like to introduce you to ... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:04:03 EST Signs and Wonders ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665792 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1199908140.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Makes you wonder* just who came up with these, doesn't it? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1610523928.jpg"> <BR> I wonder if the poor little guys have a little hospital ....... <em>282</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l916940345.jpg"> <BR> <BR> AND I wonder who is going to clean up this animal droplet! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="htt... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 15:30:38 EST Open House In 2B's Studio ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664028 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1703607956.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And Y-O-U are invited! Come take a peek at how I transformed the 'extra' bedroom into a well designed fitness studio and more! As it has been said, "A man's home is his castle." That's is our very sanctuary where we leave the noisome world behind and bask in our private domain. <BR> <BR> I would like to ask a Question ...... Does your home work well FOR you .... or do you struggle trying to find a quiet pla... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 06:50:04 EST On House Dust & Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657668 Today's Question-What does house dust and exercise have in common? <BR> Answer ....... It's all so 'Daily' ........ Sad as it may be, we just can't seem to overlook either one very long! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l455320911.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But at least, if you are a woman reading this ....... You and I know what a glamorous AND thankful job homemaking is, don't we ........ Ah! There is nothing like the scent of Pinesol wafting through the house ............ Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:22:06 EST What Kind Of Boss Are You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652031 So you claim you are not a boss, but an employee in the company ..... or perhaps you don't work outside the home. Truth is, career minded or not, you really are a supervisor or manager to a large degree of something very unique and complex. If you haven't guessed by now, that is Y-O-U! <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2035085956.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The kind of boss you choose to be has much to do with your destiny. First, have you ever had a boss ... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 00:34:55 EST Spring Has Sprung! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648576 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1065755954.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I don't know about you, but Spring fever just hit! It's wonderful to see the sun again, and feel the warm rays streaming through the windows. Well ....... except for one thing ........... Can you guess? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1591945241.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The dark shadows appear to have vanished..... but there is something I failed to noticed while nestled in the coziness ... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 17:25:56 EST Mindless Eating Can Keep Us Fat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646838 Are your eating habits 'mindful' or 'mindless?' One mindset can take us to victory where the other can leave us wondering why we are not making strides like we so eagerly anticipated. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l880472763.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I just read another article in Web magazine pointing out that mindless eating can be one of the traps to not losing weight, but actually aid in GAINING weight ........ Have you ever started munching mindlessly, and befo... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 09:56:25 EST Comic Relief! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640878 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1973283207.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I would take a bullet for most of my Spark friends on any given day. I finally found a picture to depict my sincere feelings! I do hope it doesn't come to that ..... take a bullet for you. I am afraid it would hurt! I'm just saying, IF I had to ........ I probably would! ........ You can count on me!! (and I know you would do the same, right?) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 22:49:57 EST Unbeatable Support System! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636838 Something rose up in me when my husband told me he had just come from the Doctor ........ They had a lengthy discussion about his Type 2 diabetes. She mostly focused on health 'benefit's' he could expect to enjoy as he develops daily habits of quality exercise, and eats a diet compatible to his needs. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l548170186.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As he talked, I had brief flashes of all the times he has been there for me .......... When in 1997, I... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 11:12:26 EST Let Freedom Ring! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631533 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l120968030.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I know you think I am only a little fish, so what could I possibly know? You see, I know more than you think, because I went to school. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l473638990.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But then I got caught and now I have to live in a fishbowl. <em>175</em> <BR> I look out watching and wishing I could be like you and have fun. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 11:12:07 EST Let's Take Back Our Health! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626236 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l174790492.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We can be the steward of our own happiness and good health and start in our very homes. With a reasonable amount of time and planning, we can create a smooth running kitchen to resemble the finest dining cuisine. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l323900245.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Would you rather ....... fix a lovely pot of chicken soup, with flavor and enhanced with some fresh herbs ......... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 09:12:33 EST What Is Muscle Memory? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624639 Just when you think you know so much about fitness and exercise, you find there is so much more. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2135434496.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Like a computer, muscles do have memory ...... information that is programmed in by using consistently until the muscles actually remember and then perform. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1476994335.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For example ..... As I have spinal arthritis (ankylosing spo... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 10:08:04 EST Tapestry of Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621756 Here is a Valentine's tribute to my Spark friends ...... each of you so individual and special ...... you really are a treasure and you help keep the lantern lit on the trail that I travel. Thank you so much! <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l621028679.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My two year Spark Anniversary is this month ..... <em>504</em> and what a truly great two years it has been! ....... As I go thru my friends I think about each of you ....I al... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:13:20 EST Feel Like Some Good News? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616679 Maybe you had your list of goals fresh in hand to start the New year ....... and as temperatures have dropped .... maybe some of those goals have waned a bit too? <BR> It happens, but don't be down on yourself ......... The good news is you DON'T have to wait until NEXT New Years to start over. You can start right now wherever you are. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1253965481.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here are some visuals to help keep that spark ........ or ignite it... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 08:56:55 EST Look Around-Someone May Be Hurting Today- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610007 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l347165524.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Life is short and it is fragile ....... A kind word, a simple gesture can ease one of their pain. We can never take a day ...... or a moment for granted. Let us be thankful for all we have been given. And remember to tell someone they are special. Show them that they matter. <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1012951220.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mother Teresa, following i... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:22:50 EST My Diary for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606462 I see numerous spark friends and members in general blogging about their activity today ............ That is good ....... it helps affirm fitness and even helps with some level of accountability. I'm almost sure of it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1304332839.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I took to the water ....... a favorite of mine always. <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l523561419.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I really did this ........ Sun, 26 Jan 2014 18:59:46 EST Featuring ... POTTY Humor, Maybe More... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604987 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l338898900.jpg"> <BR> <BR> True or False .......... Cute chicks have to go too..... True! ... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l923003321.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1737353362.jpg"> <BR> It would be funny if this had not hit so close to home! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1713349907.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So! That's where it ... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 07:22:56 EST EMERGENCY!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603184 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l96528607.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You and I are the 'Gatekeepers' to our own sanity. It's true. Would we let strangers have control over our minds and take our very peace? Dwell on that a bit. <BR> Have you ever noticed how we talk glibly about stress? ........... "I'm so stressed out ........... "I'm blown away! ....."My stress level has been over the top lately!...... This person keeps pushing my buttons! ...... One of these days I'm going to... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 09:42:34 EST Should You Shoot Yourself In The Foot?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598650 If you have ever 'slipped' or had a little set-back (like we all have) ...You may wonder, "How do I get motivated and back on track? I saw this discussed in Hot Topics and one member in particular had a great answer. Read on. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l565670601.jpg"> <BR> Know this ........... Shooting yourself in the foot is not a solution! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l278390359.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In this Spark journey,... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 07:25:39 EST A Snicker a Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594530 Keeps the Doctor away! ........ Just a couple of chuckles and a reminder we made it to Hump Day! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1999840518.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l857384252.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1701805716.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l915892409.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l81569888.jpg"> <BR>... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 09:49:54 EST Stink Or Swim!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591393 This is a little brain tease I invite you to join in on. Simply decide if the following activity pictures would call for a 'Stink" or 'Swim' verdict .......... swim meaning it's a green light for success. Stink is an obvious 'No way!' ........ Give me your thoughts. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1441326624.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Berta took it literally' when told to 'Stay on Track!' Berta needs to take a class in communications IF it is not too late! <BR> Answer:... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 16:25:10 EST Have Time For a Hug Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588958 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1799123599.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have had to take time out from Sparks community lately to allow myself to recover from neck and shoulder ailments, but I really wanted to stop and offer a free hug to my sparks friends today...... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1534192028.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In my quiet moments, I reflected on the friends I've made along the Sparks' journey. I can't express just how valuable each ... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 08:56:00 EST I'm On A Roll! ..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582398 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l936077496.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ... I just have to say ........ I am on a Roll ...Have been working out daily ...Lost 3# since Jan 1. It was overdue that plateau I had been on! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1258684073.jpg"> <BR> Now the roll is UNDER me instead of on or around me! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1730897427.jpg"> <BR> Drum Roll! Feel the Move and t... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 22:03:22 EST Your Prophecy For New Years-2015.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577509 Fast forward if you will to January 1, 2015. Bear with me. There is a good reason. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1049127091.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Are you ready for your first exercise of 2014? It's easy ....... It's Visual. Just close your eyes until you see the desired inward 'image' .......... Spark coaches do it all the time .......... Take a moment to really and sincerely 'visualize' how you would like to be as you reach your goals. (No fair peeking) ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 08:35:16 EST Today Is The Last Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5575283 If my name was Monday .... I would change my name .... For all that goes wrong .... I get the Blame! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1926495881.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l15918691.jpg"> <BR> At least It's the Last Monday! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1026189748.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l960325175.jpg"> <BR> Just Grin and bear it! <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 06:04:39 EST Males Have Mano-Paws Too! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574081 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l376333906.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Maybe men just don't want to own up! ...... I mean ....... What guy do you know who admits to his buddies ........ "Hey guys! I am feeling so hormonal! I just don't know what to do with myself! I think it's........ uh ..... gosh ....MALE MENOPAUSE!! Generally, men are sloughed off as having something ...... called The 'Midlife Crisis!' ..sounds almost intriguing........But when it is a woman, she is going t... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 20:34:42 EST Facts About MINNOW-PAWS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571876 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l197519579.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ah! Menopause ..... More like 'Mental Pause' when women pause and take leave of their senses ........... Known as The CHANGE" <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1624273560.jpg"> <BR> The term could have been called "Meany-Pause" (ahem-my own experience) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l705865027.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Her life is going fine ........... Just fine ...... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 22:31:40 EST Remembering Your Pets At Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570716 Don't be caught in the Doghouse or the Cathouse on Christmas Day! Make no bones about it .... Kitties want some catnip and puppies a new chew toy ......... All to gather around and share in the Christmas Joy! <em>443</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1810507023.jpg"> <BR> Santa wouldn't forget me, would he? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l534865483.jpg"> <BR> Well Now you tell me not to pout! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 21:15:33 EST Ok-TAKE FIVE! ........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569558 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1995793926.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So much hustle and bustle. Sometimes you just have to take a station break from the serious side of life. It's ok to pause, take five ..... Have a good laugh. <BR> There's no such thing as a bad laugh, you know. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l696886595.jpg"> <BR> Awwwww ........... Where's the tissues? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 22:26:00 EST The Upside Of Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568745 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l164718172.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Being at Rock Bottom need not be the 'End of the World' ..... If you look at it in a different light .......... You might see it as being 'low to the ground.' This is when things can turn around. <em>435</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2003216390.jpg"> <BR> Like this little guy. He is so low to the ground he has to scoot ....... Soon he will <BR> assume crawl position and ... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 14:09:54 EST